Editors’ Notes After several solo releases of singer/songwriter fare, Georgia-born Ron Pope put together the Nighthawks to help him explore his love for Southern-fried rock, soul, and country-folk. On the group’s debut album, plucky mandolins dance around drunken slide guitars, while big horns punch through greasy boogie. The raspy-voiced singer ruminates on heartbreak, partying, and hard living on rambunctious groovers (“White River Junction”) and ragged ballads (“Hotel Room”). On Skynyrd-inspired jam “Take Me Home,” which boasts the album’s coolest riffs, Pope proves that you can’t take the South out of the boy.

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Southern Cross
1
3:24
 
Ain't No Angel
2
3:42
 
Hell or High Water
3
2:50
 
Leave You Behind
4
3:37
 
White River Junction
5
3:50
 
Hotel Room
6
4:30
 
Take Me Home
7
3:07
 
Lies and Cigarettes
8
3:34
 
Bad Intentions
9
3:52
 
One Shot of Whiskey
10
4:09
 
Goodbye
11
3:34
 

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